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The Sign of the End and the Coming Persecution

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage Jesus warns of the persecution of His followers as a sign of the end times and gives a message of hope. In this lesson, students will reflect upon the meaning of the end times and how they can bring hope to the world around them.

Lesson Materials


A. Have students read the Gospel passage, or read it aloud to your students, and then answer the focus questions. You may have students answer them on their own or you may discuss them together as a class.

B. Have students read The End Times essay and complete the focus and reflection questions.

C. Review and discuss the answers when they have completed the focus questions.


Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. There would come a day 鈥渨hen there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.鈥 In other words, the Temple will be destroyed.
  2. A sign so that they would know when the destruction of the Temple would happen.
  3. Not to follow them.
  4. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famine, and plagues. And there will be awesome sights and mighty signs from the sky.
  5. They will be seized and persecuted, handed over to 鈥渟ynagogues and to prisons鈥 and be led before 鈥渒ings and governors鈥 because of their faith in Jesus. The faithful will be required to give testimony.
  6. Jesus Himself will give wisdom in speaking 鈥渟o that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.鈥
  7. By their perseverance.

The End Times Focus and Reflection Questions

  1. Jesus taught that a sign of the end times would be the world鈥檚 persecution of His followers. The world has always persecuted the followers of Jesus, up to and including today. This fact tells us that the end times are now and have been since the beginning of the age of the Church.
  2. Do not be afraid. This means that even though the world will always stand against us, because Jesus won eternal life for us by His Cross and Resurrection, we can always be confident that what God has planned for us in the next life is greater than anything in this life.
  3. Accept reasoned answers.
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